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January 16, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 71576‎
 
Duda 68′
18′ David Villa
 
36′ Pedro
 
74′ David Villa
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 4-1 Malaga

Goal.com rates the players on show as the Blaugrana cruise to a comfortable home win...

By Paul Macdonald

  • Víctor Valdés
    131
    36
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Barely touched the ball in the entire ninety minutes, in what will be close to his most straightforward match of the campaign, and was completely helpless for Duda's free kick

  • Éric Abidal
    148
    26
    3.50

    Éric Abidal

    His recent goal in the Copa del Rey has given him a thirst for getting forward, and almost all of his touches of the ball came in opposition territory.

  • Piqué
    151
    29
    3.00

    Piqué

    A stroll under the Camp Nou lights for the defender. Baptista gave him little trouble, and he often took to stepping out of defence just to get himself involved in the match.

  • Carles Puyol
    147
    35
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    The captain was as committed as ever, despite Barca's dominance, to ensure that the team kept a clean sheet at all costs, but was disappointed to see Duda's free kick blemish his record.

  • Daniel Alves
    138
    64
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    The Brazilian limped off midway though the first half, worryingly for Barca, with what looked to be a knee injury.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    290
    30
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    A sublime opening goal crashed in off the post, and his run and shot was saved by Asenjo, allowing Pedro to tap home. Hard-working, skillful, masterful.

  • Busquets
    150
    44
    3.50

    Busquets

    His work-rate in central midfield is often integral to winning back possession, and although he was hardly overworked, remained an accomplished figure. Still has a tendency to jump into a tackle, however, which led to Malaga pulling a goal back.

  • Xavi
    238
    31
    3.50

    Xavi

    Almost scored a fantastic effort that cannoned back off the crossbar, but besides that his passing was at his usual impeccable best.

  • Pedro
    214
    34
    3.50

    Pedro

    Netted his tenth goal in ten games, reacting fastest to a save from Asenjo to pounce and poke the ball home. His closing down and pressing in the final third remains unparalleled.

  • David Villa
    357
    41
    4.50

    David Villa Top of the Match

    Worked the Malaga back line with his constant movement, and took his goals superbly well, sliding the ball through Asenjo's legs for number one, then dancing round the keeper to complete his double in the second half.

  • Messi
    365
    96
    3.50

    Messi

    A reasonably quiet night in front of goal for the Argentine, with no real goalscoring opportunity, but he still played a prominent part in Villa and Pedro's goals in the first half, and as always was a pleasure to watch.

Substitutions

  • Adriano
    148
    27
    0.00

    Adriano

    Came on in the first half for injured Dani Alves, and did well to replace the Brazilian's running ability.

  • Bojan Krkic
    113
    40
    0.00

    Bojan Krkic

    Came on in the second half and low shot was well saved by Asenjo.

  • Sergio Asenjo
    42
    14
    3.00

    Sergio Asenjo

    Made good saves from Pedro, Bojan, and Iniesta, but was not protected enough by his defence and was helpless at the four goals he conceded.

  • Manolo
    12
    15
    3.00

    Manolo

    Made a number of crucial interceptions in the match, but Barca attacked on so many occasions, that he simply could not stop them breaking through every time.

  • Patrick Mtiliga
    12
    14
    2.50

    Patrick Mtiliga

    Was dominant aerially but struggled with the pace and movement of Barcelona's attackers, and in the end he succumbed to their superiority.

  • Weligton
    13
    20
    3.00

    Weligton

    Reduced to fouling Messi and Villa whenever they came into his vicinity, and was not good enough to keep them at bay.

  • Martín Demichelis
    26
    25
    3.00

    Martín Demichelis

    A baptism of fire for the Argentine in his first away match for his club, and at some points he may have wished he had stayed in Germany.

  • Duda
    41
    15
    2.50

    Duda

    Stunning free kick in the second half ultimately proved to be nothing but a brief respite from Barca's relentless attacks.

  • Apoño
    11
    16
    2.50

    Apoño

    The experienced midfielder could not cope with the speed of movement of Barcelona's inter-changing forwards, and they passed him out of the match.

  • Camacho
    16
    16
    3.00

    Camacho

    The former Atletico Madrid midfielder sometimes looked lost, but it was to be expected given he has barely played top-flight football recently and the Camp Nou is not the best place to re-acquaint yourself with La Liga.

  • Vincenzo Maresca
    14
    9
    3.00

    Vincenzo Maresca

    The Italian, too, has not played much football and was frustrated by the way he couldn't keep up and track Barca's runs from deep, eventually resorting to petty fouls.

  • Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
    22
    33
    2.00

    Quincy Owusu-Abeyie Flop of the Match

    The striker did not link well with Baptista and became isolated, and was unsurprisingly replaced in the second half.

  • Júlio Baptista
    33
    22
    2.50

    Júlio Baptista

    The former Real Madrid attacker has had good experiences at the Camp Nou in previous seasons, but tonight he barely managed to touch the ball in the final third.

Substitutions

  • Recio
    9
    16
    2.00

    Recio

    Came on in the last ten minutes of the match, but could not influence proceedings.

  • Eliseu
    12
    15
    2.50

    Eliseu

    Came on for Maresca in the second period but had little impact on the match with Barcelona already well ahead.

  • Rondón
    10
    12
    2.50

    Rondón

    Came on to lead the attack but got little change from Puyol and Pique in the closing stages.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0